Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Croatia Mulls Using Retired Police To Handle Migrant Crisis

The Croatian Interior Ministry is planning to introduce an auxiliary reserve police force that will draw also on retired officers - mostly to help deal with the migrant burden and strengthen Croatia's border, which is also an EU external border.

Ukraine Condemns Bosnian Serb Chief Over Crimea Interview

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry has issued a protest note about recent comments made by the Serb member of Bosnia's state presidency in support of Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Earlier this week, Milorad Dodik stated in his interview to Russkiy reporter that he "considers Crimea to be Russian", and that Bosnian recognition of this unilateral annexation was "necessary".

OSCE Mission Chief: Bosnia ‘Too Slow’ in Prosecuting War Crimes

"We recommended to the Bosnian state prosecution to reconstitute regional teams that they had in order to maintain expertise in a particular area of Bosnia and Herzegovina. I think a part of [the problem] is the management, a part of it is the quality of indictments, so I think that there is an issue there," Berton explained.

Bosnian Capital Readies for Pride March – and Counter-Marches

Sarajevo is getting ready to host its first Pride parade on Sunday, aimed at supporting protection of the rights of the LGBTIQ community, which some 500 people are expected to join. However, the march will be matched by counter-marches held both the day before and on the same day as the Pride event.

Sarajevo Faces Tolerance Test with First Pride March

Sarajevo, which withstood a bloody siege by Bosnian Serb forces for 1,425 days during the 1992-95 war, has long been viewed as a city of tolerance, a cultural capital and a city that exudes resilience.

Bosnia Agreement on Forming State Government Passes Deadline

The deadline agreed between the leaders of thre three main parties in Bosnia on forming a state-level government - the Party of Democratic Action, SDA, the Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ, and the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats, SNSD - expired on Thursday.

Serbian Policeman Recalls Volunteering for Croatia Conflict

Defence witness Nebojsa Bogunovic, who was a police official in the Serbian town of Backa Palanka, told the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals in The Hague on Wednesday that he volunteered to go to the Eastern Slavonia region of Croatia in the summer of 1991 as the conflict there was developing.

President Iohannis says Romania has always supported EU enlargement policy toward Balkans

President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday delivered a message to the opening of a conference on defence co-operation of the Chiefs of Defence/General Staffs of the Balkan Countries - CHODs Balkans in which he says dialogue in this format adds value to regional co-operation and helps strengthen stability and security in the Balkans.

BIRN Offers Grants to Explore War Crimes Archives

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network has launched a call for proposals for small projects by journalists, artists, historians and civil society activists covering topics related to the archives of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and domestic courts in former Yugoslav countries that dealt with war crimes cases.

Palmer: United States want mutual recognition

Palmer, in his first interview since the appointment for the US Special Envoy for the Western Balkans, points out that he accepted this post as he is confident that he could contribute to reaching agreement on normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina, which would in turn transform Balkan in general, opening up EU path of Serbia and so-called Kosovo, and present "a positive thing

Eyewitnesses Recall Armed Serbs Abducting Bosniaks from Train

Railway personnel and passengers from the train that was stopped in the small Bosnian town of Strpci on February 27, 1993, when paramilitaries seized 20 passengers who were later killed, told Belgrade Higher Court on Monday recollect how no one tried to stop the abductions of 20 non-Serbs from the train.

Wartime Landmines Still Taking Lives in Bosnia

When two deminers were killed on August 25  nearby the town of Livno in south-west Bosnia while they were on duty in one of the minefields that still blight the country, it again highlighted the dangers faced by those who are working to clear the remaining unexploded ordnance left over from the 1992-95 war.

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake on the Richter Scale Registered in Bosnia and Herzegovina

An earthquake with a 4.7 magnitude on the Richter scale has been registered in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The earthquake occurred at 15:01 local time with an epicentre 6 km north of Mramor and 89 km north of the capital Sarajevo, 10 km deep, according to the European Seismological Centre.

Bosnian Army Commander Honoured Despite War Crimes Charges

Sakib Mahmuljin (left) receives the award from Zenica-Doboj Canton premier Mirza Ganic. Photo: Zenica-Doboj Canton government.

Bruce Berton, head of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe's mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, said on Friday that the Zenica-Doboj Canton's decision to honour war crimes defendant Sakib Mahmuljin shows disrespect for the victims.